Sweden shines in victory over Mexico

Mexico goal is to win group not just qualify for next round

Mexico goal is to win group not just qualify for next round

Sweden was so dominant against Mexico at the World Cup that the best Mexican plays of the night were made 600 miles away by South Koreans.

Federation Internationale de Football Association recorded the foul at 13 seconds, which beats the previous record held by Russia's Sergej Gorlukowitsch, who was booked inside 54 seconds in 1994 in the United States. If we've learned anything over the past two weeks, it's that anything can happen at this World Cup. FIFA's records list first-minute cautions at games in 1950 and 1962, but do not specify the seconds.

The World Cup match between Mexico and Sweden will be broadcast live on Fox.

Juan Carlos Osorio's side, so brilliant in two previous wins over Germany and South Korea, should have at least a goal from their underwhelming performance but for woeful Vela header in the closing stages.

Plastic beer cups rained down, before Mexico defender Edson Alvarez compounded a miserable evening with a 74th-minute own goal when he miskicked past Ochoa.

Mexico's desperation proved unnecessary, however, as South Korea gave them a helping hand to the last 16 with a stunning 2-0 win over the holders Germany.

And with 15 minutes remaining Swedish nerves were calmed when Álvarez, under pressure from Ola Toivonen, unluckily deflected the ball past Ochoa for a third.

It was the second time in Germany's storied World Cup history that it had failed to progress from the group stage.

As the runner-up of Group F Mexico meets victor of Group E Monday in Samara.

Hirving Lozano summed up the North Americans' day when he lashed a shot well over the target from 22 yards out on the right in the 88th minute after receiving the ball from a short corner.

"It's the last time I'll eat it if Mexico knock Sweden out", said Svensson, Sweden's most-capped player.

After pressing hard for most of the first half and wasting numerous chances, Sweden finally found the net when left-back Ludwig Augustinsson charged up the field in the 50th minute and angled home a left-footed volley. But its aggressive style also bit them, opening up some counterstrike chances for Sweden, which it took advantage of.

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